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Best/easiest way to create help files

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Hello Experts, what would be the best/simplest way to create help files for my new software... CHM help files or Windows help files? Preferably a free app to create this :-)

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   Shawn
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I find HelpMaker a great program to do that: it can produce WinHelp, HTML Help and more. I'm sure you'll apprecaite it. And it's totally free.

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If you want to download just the compiled program instead of the source download it here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Authoring-tools/Help-e-book-creators/HelpMaker.shtml
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Thanks Marqus... using Helpmaker, is it easier to create WinHelp or CHM help... or there is no difference?

Thanks!
   Shawn
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It's some time that I don't produce a help file, but it's easy the same way. You write your help contents and then compile it in a way or in another. Give it a try: it's easier to do  than to tell :)
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I would use chm over winhelp.  windows stopped support for .hlp around vista time.
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Thanks Kwoof, would Helpmaker create CHM? If not, do you know of any free app that would do it?

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    Shawn
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I thought to have been clear: with HelpMaker you can do both WinHelp and Chm and mutch more. I posted the link to download it, it is free as you want: why don't you give it a try?
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Oh okay Marqus, I didn't see where you said CHM in your first message. I'll try it!

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   Shawn
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I use Help & Manual for such a thing. This software rocks in front of others. It costs $565 for the professional version which is an insane amount but you can get it for free though.

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Just type in "Help & Manual" in the search and you will find it "http://kat.ph".

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Thanks Marqus!

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